While scrolling through Garden Voices this caught my eye:
via Gardening Question of the Day (from the Old Farmer's Almanac) on 1969-12-31, 19:00:00I would like to know what annual flowers the Japanese beetle will not eat. (answer).
From The Old Farmer's Almanac.
reBlogged to Jul 14, 2007, 11:00PM on
So I clicked to find this answer:
Japanese beetles prefer perennials, and they do their dining on leaves, not flowers. Try planting marigolds, cosmos, bachelor's buttons, and morning glories. Stay away from yellow flowers (with the exception of marigolds) -- yellow is their favorite color. If you find them to be a problem in your garden, head out first thing in the morning with a bucket of soapy water. Getting rid of the beetles is as simple as shaking them into the bucket.
They do love my perennials, and they dine on both the leaves and flowers. They especially love the hollyhock, coneflower and bee balm flowers although they will dine on the leaves if they are trying to hide from me. My yellow tickseed and black-eyed susans seem to be off of their radar. They haven't touched a single butterfly bush bloom yet but one bush has almost no leaves left. Zinnias seem to be another favorite. And plants close to the house seem to be tastier than those farther away.
I do keep a bucket of soapy water in the garden but I laughed out loud at the thought of shaking them into the bucket. Go ahead and shake your plants and watch them fly away to another section of the garden. We patrol the garden and pick all of them that we can find to send to a watery grave but I swear three more appear for every one we get!
I know that beetle traps just attract every beetle in a 1/4 mile (or is it mile?) so I'm wondering if it would be wrong of me to buy a trap and set it up down the road at the edge of one of my neighbors yards?